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APC approves two new apartment complexes

Jul 19, 2012

The Tippecanoe Area Plan Commission must take another vote on a proposed 206 unit apartment complex just outside of Lafayette.

Commissioners voted seven-to-five to deny the project on Veteran’s Memorial Parkway and U.S 231, but eight votes are required to move forward.

APC staff is pushing for denial because they say the proposed development represents residential sprawl.

The commission did approve two other apartment projects. 

Members voted ten-to-two in favor of a complex along Northwestern Avenue in West Lafayette’s New Chauncey Neighborhood.

Purdue begins a new chapter

Jul 16, 2012
Purdue University

With the departure of France Cordova and about six months until Governor Mitch Daniels becomes president, the university is without a permanent leader. For the interim, Provost Tim Sands will serve as acting president – a first for Purdue.

Sands is no stranger to the university. He joined Purdue a decade ago as the Basil S. Turner Professor of Engineering in the school of materials engineering, and electrical and computer engineering. Sands also served as director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center in Discovery Park.

Expanded alliance between Big Ten, Pac 12 is over

Jul 13, 2012

After months of planning, the Big Ten and Pac 12 conferences cannot reach an agreement on increasing the number of games played between the two.

Last December, it was announced football teams from each league will play against one another beginning in 2017. Other sports would see more match-ups between the two conferences as well.

A news release today (Fri) canceled that arrangement.

Statement from Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott:

Purdue President France Cordova interview

Jul 12, 2012
Smithsonian Institution

WBAA's Mike Loizzo talks with Purdue President France Cordova about her five years leading the university and her future plans.

Tech Camp targets fun and futures

Jul 12, 2012

Wearing a blue t-shirt and bright yellow Spongebob Square Pants pajama bottoms, Adam Hammerle, 12, is spending his Wednesday morning of summer vacation like many boys his age, in front of a computer screen playing video games. 

The one he is pounding his thumbs and fingers away at is a mid-evil era fighting game, fully equipped with swords, bow and arrows, and some kind of electric, flashy force field. 

But Adam isn’t like most preteens.  You see, the game that has consumed his full attention this morning is one he created.

Purdue’s acting provost familiar with the job

Jul 12, 2012
Purdue University

A former interim provost at Purdue will be the university’s acting provost the next six months.

Vic Lechtenberg’s appointment is contingent on the board of trustee’s approval. However, Provost Tim Sands, who will serve as acting president until January, says Lechtenberg is the perfect choice.

"He's been in a lot of roles at Purdue. He knows Purdue. He knows the state extremely well. He's familiar with all of our colleges. He understands the land grant and research missions. Everybody knows him. So, I'm very fortunate he was willing to do that."

Purdue’s acting provost familiar with the job

Jul 12, 2012
Purdue University

A former interim provost at Purdue will be the university’s acting provost the next six months.

Vic Lechtenberg’s appointment is contingent on the board of trustee’s approval. However, Provost Tim Sands, who will serve as acting president until January, says Lechtenberg is the perfect choice.

"He's been in a lot of roles at Purdue. He knows Purdue. He knows the state extremely well. He's familiar with all of our colleges. He understands the land grant and research missions. Everybody knows him. So, I'm very fortunate he was willing to do that."

Purdue touts successful fundraising year

Jul 10, 2012

Purdue is reporting a nearly $300 million year of fundraising.

For the fiscal year that ended June 30th, Purdue raised $298.8 million. According to the university, that’s the second highest fundraising total in its history and 32% more than what was raised in the previous fiscal year.

The record for fundraising was during fiscal year 2003, which brought in almost $311.7 million during the “Campaign for Purdue” effort under President Martin Jischke.

Fireworks ban extends to Purdue, WL

Jun 26, 2012

West Lafayette and Purdue are joining Lafayette in prohibiting the use of fireworks.

The move is done to prevent any fires during the current drought.

Both the university and cities also have implemented a burn ban.

The restrictions on fireworks will last through the ban or until Friday night at five. That’s when state law specifically allows the use of fireworks prior to the 4th of July holiday.

Anyone who violates the ban could face fines up to $250.

The Progress of Title IX 40 Years Later

Jun 23, 2012

Saturday marked the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon signing Title Nine into law.  

The goal of the legislation was to ensure the same opportunities for women as men in high school and college.

AS WBAA’s  Sam Klemet reports, the law has opened new doors for women, particularly in sports, but inequality still exists.

It’s a beautiful night at Lafayette’s Murdock Park.   A crowd of about 50 has gathered around a fence that encloses a dusty softball diamond.

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